Policy CS40 of the Core Strategy sets out the broad principals and aims in relation to affordable housing.
Since Affordable Housing Supplementary Planning Guidance was published in 1998, there has been a very radical transformation in the housing market both locally and nationally. Very few areas of the city now have housing available for purchase which is considered affordable.
The expected developer contribution towards affordable housing varies between 0% and 30%, depending on which Affordable Housing Market Area the site is in. Further details can be found in Guideline G2 of the IPG. The IPG applies to all housing applications meeting the above criteria (except reserved matters applications where outline permission for housing was granted prior to 8 October 2008).
For further information about planning policy requirements for Affordable Housing, please contact Forward and Area Planning on 0114 2734889, or email@example.com.
Developers will be required to submit an Affordable Housing Statement, which sets out how the applicant proposes to meet the affordable housing requirements set out in Core Strategy Policy CS40 and our Affordable Housing Interim Planning Guidance (2014).
The absence of a required Affordable Housing Statement will render a planning application invalid. A template for an Affordable Housing Statement is available as a download below, as well as a map showing the City's 12 Affordable Housing Market Areas.
Applicants are strongly advised to contact our Housing Strategy and Policy team prior to submitting an application. They will advise on housing demand, need and affordable housing. They can be contacted on 0114 2736396, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
They will provide advice on the size, type and tenure of the affordable housing that is needed in the area, as well as advice on which local housing association partners would be suitable.
A map showing the City's 12 Affordable Housing Market Areas
Template for calculating Affordable Housing contribution
The target for affordable housing provision may be reduced if it would make the development economically unviable. Where the developer considers that they cannot meet the full affordable housing contribution, agreement will need to be reached on an appropriate level of provision.
In these circumstances, the applicant will be asked to provide a full financial appraisal which includes a full breakdown of development costs. This will be appraised by an independent body approved by us (currently the District Valuation Office), at the developers expense.
The target percentage will usually only be relaxed if the contribution would not allow for a reasonable land value and developer profit to be achieved. The contribution will, however, be waived if, when calculated, it would amount to less than £2,000.
Download guidance on the District Valuers Process:
Guidance on the District Valuers Process